International Research Society for Children's Literature
June 27th, 2014
Trinity Long Room Hub
Deadline for Submission: January 31st, 2014
We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers that engage with any aspect of the representation of the First World War in children’s literature in this period. Proposals might engage with, for example, the works of John Boyne, John Quinn, Aubrey Flegg, Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Morpurgo, Anne-Marie Pol, Paule du Bouchet, Catherine Cuenca, Arthur Ténor , Geert Spillebeen, Klaus Kordon, or Willi Fährmann, and potential topics might include, but are not limited to:
- the challenge of representing horror and violence in children’s war literature.
- family and intergenerational memory.
- challenges specific to representing the First World War to children.
- twin tales: integrating First World War stories into other national and international historical narratives ( the Irish revolutionary period; the Second World War; the Holocaust).
- TV and film adaptations.
- translation and transnational reception
- the use of First World War literature in the classroom.
- graphic novels and picture books.
- crossover texts: teenage experiences of war as ‘adult’ fiction, ‘adult’ war fiction through teenage eyes.
Abstracts (max. 300 words) should be submitted by e-mail to both Nóra de Buiteléir (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Nora Maguire (email@example.com) by January 31, 2014.